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Old 12-03-2011, 11:34 PM   #21 
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wow.. You got yourself ALOT of little tails there :)
They are gorgeous
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Old 12-05-2011, 08:53 PM   #22 
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Sorry, I only have one bad quality pic. My digital camera is awful and my iphone can't take macro shots of these guys very well...

First, here's the text update. The daddy was removed yesterday morning. He wasn't tending the fry much anymore anyways, and he made a smooth transition back to solo life. The fry are all free swimming now (no casualties that I've seen!). I count 35 fry in the open, there are many more among the plant hides. A decent number for their first spawn :)

This morning I started feeding a small portion of BBS to supplement the infusoria they're undoubtedly already chowing down on. In a few more days (when they get a bit bigger, around 7 days old) I'll change the amount of BBS they receive. I've also been dripping in fresh water as my "water change" for week 1. I know there are mixed opinions on introducing clean water this early, but I trust my IAL "fixes" the water to the appropriate chem levels for the fry.

All is going well! -the fry are the 2 white blurs towards the top of the water-


Hopefully I can get some good pics soon!
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Old 12-06-2011, 10:27 AM   #23 
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Let me know how the slow water addition works. It always bothers me to wait such a long time before I can clean and change water in my fry tank.
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Old 12-07-2011, 10:09 AM   #24 
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These fry are peculiar lol... they aren't very excited about BBS, so I threw in some first bites to see what they'd do... they went wild! Bizarre that they're choosing inanimate food vs live! I'm going to find some appropriate frozen food to try next... of course I'll keep offering BBS and microworms, but it's a lot of clean up hah.
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Old 12-07-2011, 10:21 AM   #25 
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Your videos of dad taking care of the babies was ADORABLE!
Such a great dad and so gorgeous!
Glad to hear everything has been going smoothly!
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Old 12-07-2011, 10:44 AM   #26 
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Wow! Man I wish I hadn't missed this! Though the fun is just beginning. I'm so happy for you and think you have beautiful fish. Your pair will make such diverse fry! I can't wait to see the outcome of this spawn. I love that you have a great amount of eggs the male is doing such an amazing job! And for taking pictures on an iphone, tha
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Old 12-07-2011, 10:45 AM   #27 
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Wow! Man I wish I hadn't missed this! Though the fun is just beginning. I'm so happy for you and think you have beautiful fish. Your pair will make such diverse fry! I can't wait to see the outcome of this spawn. I love that you have a great amount of eggs the male is doing such an amazing job! And for taking pictures on an iphone, those are very good pictures!
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Old 12-12-2011, 09:12 AM   #28 
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For those who are following, I started losing a lot of fry two days ago. I have a feeling something was attacking them (velvet?). I took the remaining fry and moved them to a small container. After cleaning the spawning tank I slowly acclimated them back in to it. I have about 15 remaining and some aren't looking too well. However I do have a few that are full of BBS and swimming around happily. We'll see how it goes from here!
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Old 12-12-2011, 10:14 AM   #29 
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I'm really sorry to hear that you're having trouble. Sometimes there doesn't seem to be a reason, they just don't make it. Good luck.
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Old 12-12-2011, 12:43 PM   #30 
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Thats so sad. :( I'm glad to hear that some are doing good though.
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